The other evening my wife and I took my camera, tripod and a bunch of sparklers with us to a nearby park. We’ve been wanting to capture this image for some time and tonight would be the night. The hardest part of the whole process was getting the sparklers lit.
The setup was quite simple. Kelli stood up on the hill by herself as I got the camera positioned, focused and adjusted for what I thought would be a good exposure. Knowing that I would have to keep the shutter open for a few seconds so that we could draw a heart, I had to adjust the ISO and aperture accordingly. The exposure was 6 seconds in this image which also was long enough to capture a few stars in the background.
Here were the steps:
- Light the sparklers
- Set the self timer to trigger the shutter in 5 seconds
- Run up the hill and grab one of the sparklers
- Hold the sparklers together near the top and wait for the camera to click
- Slowly draw the heart, timing it to end at the bottom point just before the 6 second mark without moving our faces too much
- Check out the image on the back of the camera
- Repeat steps 1 through 6 until happy with the results
Give it a try. You can also do cool things such as writing a short word in the air. Most of all… have fun!